Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tutorial: Newspaper Mani

I became friends with Nicole on Facebook after she won a prize in one of my giveaways, and when I saw her post of a cute mani she had done with newspaper, I just had to ask her to do a tutorial. She kindly agreed, and she got the photos and text to me in about 48 hours. How great is that? I swear, this girl should be a newspaper editor or journalist: She's quick, dependable, and informative! OK, here we go :-)

Newspaper Manicure

So this is my first time doing a guest post, but the lovely Lisa asked me to, and how could I say no? :-)

I know that this can be found all over, and I've read other tutorials on how to do newspaper mani, but for some reason they all made it seem difficult to do. I really wanted to try it, but I kept putting it off thinking it would be a pain in the butt to do . . . in truth, I think it's one of the easiest things to do and also pretty fun. I've gotten so many compliments on my nails the last few days, I almost don't want to take it off, LOL, but it has to change some time :) Here is the very simple “how to."

Step 1. First thing you have to do is to collect your supplies:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Newspaper cut into squares a litter bigger then the size of your nail 
  • Base color (light grey or, really, any light color) 
  • A small glass (or other container) to pour the alcohol in and that you can dip your entire fingernail in 
  • A cotton ball or two 
  • Top coat
Step 2. Start the process by applying your base color. I used two coats of China Glaze Pelican Gray. (Please excuse the wonky nails. I used my mom as a model for this tutorial, and she isn’t as anal about her nails as some of us are, LOL.)

Step 3. While you are waiting for your base color to dry, fill up your small glass with enough alcohol to submerge your entire nail.

Step 4. Once your nails are completely dry, dip your first nail into the alcohol for about 5 seconds.


Step 5. Once you remove your finger, have a newspaper square ready. Take the square and as you place it on the nail, press and roll (like you taking a fingerprint). Make sure not to move it as you roll; otherwise you will smudge the print.

As you remove paper, if it sticks to your polish (this happened to me), grab your cotton ball, dip it in the alcohol, and place on top of the paper. After a few seconds the paper should come free with no damage to the polish.

Step 6. Apply your top coat, and admire your new manicure! I added a top coat of Out the Door Northern Lights for some sparkle since you can never have enough sparkle :)

Well, I hope that you have fun trying this out. And thanks for reading !!!

Wasn't that fun? Thanks so much, Nicole, for doing this quick-and-easy mani tutorial for my blog. If you want to see/read more of Nicole, her blog is here.

Have you ever done a newspaper mani? If you'd like to send me some photos, I'd be happy to set up a "gallery" post :-) I'm at


  1. What an awesome idea and fun mani!

  2. It's super easy to do too :)

  3. Oh that's so fun !! Such a great idea :)

  4. Thanx for stopping by my blog and dropping a comment on my post. =)

    I just wanted to let you know that I thought the Mark All the Highlights Soft Glow Illuminator was going to be too shimmery too, but it's NOT! The swatch picture is a very heavy swatch. When used with a fluffy brush, such as the Inglot 4SS brush, it gives me a light glow and natural sheen to my cheekbones. It's definitely not shimmery at all, but you can achieve a high sheen & frosty finish if you layer it like I did in the swatch picture. I didn't lightly swatch it because it's hard for the camera to pick up the color.

    Also, the color is not apparent and is definitely not dark at all if you don't over apply it. Like I mentioned before, the swatch picture is a HEAVY swatch. =D